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Arrival was smooth and journey good considering how travel can be. Beautiful bay, secluded and sheltered. Loads of yachts moored up all over the bay, I guess as it is so very sheltered from all winds. Our flotilla has 9 yachts in total and some 30 souls travelling. We know where we are going and we sort of know where the wind will be. A bit of beating for a couple of days, then ...
Very beautiful old city and ruins. 300 days of sunshine a year. Visited the Knights of St John castle. We have now visited the 7 wonders of the Ancient Greek and Roman world without really trying! Very warm day again but moderately cooler at 31 than they had 3 days ago - 47c. Sailed to Symi this afternoon, a very beautiful town with colourful houses perched on the side of the harbour. Had to have a banana ...
... on scarfs to cover what was deemed by the church's matron to be immodest, my shorts and Lynn's skirt. After the impressive church we decided we'd seen enough of the mob scene (which we'd been warned about; no major casualties, though) and decided to move on to the next historic town on the coast. That required a rather long slog up a very steep road to where our car was parked. We looked at is another chance for some good exercise which we'd been getting a lot of on this ...
... and lands a big mouthful on me, extinguishing my health. I die a painless death. "F**K" I say as I watch my lifeless shark sink down through the water on my tablet. Dad, Mum, Moya and I were on a plane flying across the Aegean Sea “Seamus put the game away we’re landing soon ok” mum said. I nodded a yes back to mum. Plane flights can be a real pain in the rear end sometimes but not when you have a tablet full to the brim with video ...
... here is very impressive and makes the fortress visit a much more enjoyable historical and cultural experience. Departing down the Grand Staircase (a concept common in so many historic residences of great rulers), we departed the palace and had concluded our time in the old town.
Next, we were off to the airport to pick up our Avis rental car. I mention the company name only because it was a lousy experience from the beginning to (nearly) the end. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Amathus Beach Hotel Rhodes Ixia
Fantastic Hotel for a lovely Holiday
We just wanted anyone who is thinking of going to Rhodes, Greece to know that this is the place to stay weve been for several years in a row now and it's amazing! Every member staff being helpful and cheerful, there are three outside pools the roof top one is mainly for familys with children while the other ground level are mainly for adults who just wish to laze beside the pool - most of the time we had the pool to ourselves! The only downside to this holiday is that there can be a very cooling breeze which does not help the tan!! You must visit the Coconut Restaurant just up the road from the hotel as they are just so friendly and the food is GREAT!!! If you book with First Choice go on their trips there all fantastic and Sharon their rep is just brilliant!
Fantastic value for money!
We had a fantastic time here! The food was wonderful! 5 courses for breakfast and evening meal, excellent value for money you really couldn't beat it! The evening meal was served in a combination of buffet and waiter service, you felt as though you had dined in style worth getting a little dressed up for! At breakfast you felt as though you were dinning on a cruise ship with great views out to sea. The staff were welcoming and good with children. A gentle relaxed feel to this 5 star hotel you didn't feel as though you were standing on ceremony. The only down side was the beach, although they have their own (private beach) which they maintain very well, it was small and not very appealing. However, the pools made up for it and our 5 year old had the time of her life! We wouldn't hesitate to go again.
Spoil your self
Go if its the only holiday you have. I thought this was a wonderful place. All the staff were lovely. Food was great. Room was clean and tidy but not a good veiw but a who goes on holiday to sit in their room? swimming pools lovely and clean. Yes the drinks were over priced but we only went up to the 11th floor to round off the evening. If you want a lively bar try the sports bar.
The staff at this hotel is really friendly and competent, there are 2 pools, one at the top on the 11 floor, another downstairs, plus a small private beach and a spa. Great for relaxing! Buffet just marvellous and dinner on the 10 floor with a view of the bay just a dream. Very good food. Extra drinks and food are ridiculously expensive but you can do without them. Great for this kind of rather impersonal, big hotel if you don't have the time to look up a cosy place with a real Greek flavour to it. The staff almost make up for the atmosphere you're missing. Get a car and get around the island, nothing in Ixia. Careful with the organised excursions (depends on your travel agent, not on the hotel). 1-day Trip to Marmaris in Turkey, waste of time (uninteresting tourist town, at least you set your foot in Turkey but...). Discover the surroundings yourself.
On the whole a good holiday
As this was my first trip to Rhodes i wanted to make sure that the accomodation was up to scratch even if the resort might not be, so i actually chose this hotel through Thompsons' deluxe range of hotels.
The hotel itself is spacious and clean. The rooms are also very spacious, clean and all have air conditioning. The bathroom in our room was nice but the shower was in need of repair as everytime we switched it on it flooded the floor as we couldn't change the angle.
We stayed on a half board basis so we got breakfast and then lunch or dinner. The food was very good in deed and the staff were very good. The drinks were extremely expensive so we tended to just have a bottle of wine and water with dinner and then go into the nearby bars for drinks after. The drinks in the Rodian were almost three times as expensive as you could buy them in the local tavernas.
There were two swimming pools one on the rear of the hotel and one at the front in the gardens. Both were clean and there were plenty of sun loungers. There is also a private section of beach for guests to use, you have to cross under a very busy road to it but if you like to have a nice fresh breeze whilst sunbathing this was the place to be!
In the evenings the hotel was very quiet and i suspect this was due to the price of the drinks, so there really was no atmosphere at all. The evening entertainment was none existent, as were the guests!
Ixia itself is basically made up of a few restaurants and bars which line the main road. Not a place to be if you want a lively atmosphere but good if you want peace and quiet. Rhodes town is a short taxi drive away and is worth a visit.
This side of the island is a bit cooler than the other which is very nice. We went to Lindos and it was boiling hot with no breeze, although the sea is much calmer over there and most of the beaches are sandy rather than pebbly.
On the whole it was a relaxing holiday but i think if i went again i would hire a car and explore the island a bit more as Ixia was very none interesting.
The Rodian Amathus is an absoulutely brilliant hotel. The staff are extremely polite and helpful, we made so many friends. The weather was beautiful; boiling hot in the day and cool at night with lovely breezes.
The two pools excel 5* - lovely!
The food is gorgeous, especially on Sundays with the greek buffets. At night the food was delicious. We ate out a few nights but the nicest food we had was definitely at the hotel. We will definitely be returning next year - no doubt about it!
Enjoyed the amathus
We had a lovely break in rhodes. the hotel lived up to expectations. There was also a nice mix of nationalities (e.g. not all british package holiday makers) including greeks, which always is a good indicator. We liked the private beach area and pools and the food and service in the restaurant were quite good.
Our room was not amazing, but perfectly adequate, the forest view did not bother us as it meant that it was not unpleasant in the afternoons - the sea view rooms face west.
However, if i went back to rhodes again i would not stay in ixia as it has absolutely no personality at all - places for lunch are very average compared to other parts of the island. Better to stay near Lindos and have sandy beaches and a lovely town - rhodes town is big and somewhat charmless by comparison.
Everything we wanted
Stayed for 1 week at Rodian for our honeymoon and it was great. The facilites clean and maintained, great and friendly service, big and interesting pool areas (2 pools), plenty of space to lounge around them. Private Beach just 1 minute through an underpass, which was mostly quiet. Weather was great, but the big big plus is the food and restaurant! It was all-inclusive and excellent in quality AND quantity!!
would definitely recommend it.
Excellent Customer Focus
We have just returned from our our 9th visit to Rhodes over the last 27 years and our first to this hotel.
We had a superb holiday - nothing was too much trouble to the staff and the restaurant manager was outstanding. My husband quotes it as a 'no problem' hotel - nothing is a problem and they gave excellent customer service. This more than made up for the service we received from Thomson Holidays - but thats another story.
The food was very good -- plus the 10th floor restaurant also had a balcony area providing fantastic views across the bay.
A welcome bottle of wine and fruit, gift pack of Ouzo on departure, free beach towels were nice added touches.
There were plentiful free sunbeds and the garden pool was excellent. The hotel also boasts the only spa on the island - very good - prices less than the UK but missing the touches we are used to such a soothing music and candles -- nevertheless a great step forward for Rhodes.
However there are areas of the hotel which need attention and the bedrooms in particular are in dire need of updating to bring them up to 5 star luxury standard. Some of the rooms also have a really awful view so you need to ensure that yours has a sea view and if possible is on or above the fourth floor.
We never saw a gardener in all the time we were there which really showed the hotel up against its neighbours.
All in all we would definately consider returning to the Rodian again after all you don't really go on holiday to spend lots of time in your room -- at least we don't!
Turning for a moment to Rhodes town itself. There are lots of shops - particulary jewellers, both quality and prices are extremely good. Remember to bargain with the owner and don't be pushed into buying always say no if not sure - you can always go back. Lacoste, Max Mara etc., is all the real stuff and the obvious fakes ie handbags are easy to spot.
The Old town is magic whether at night or during the day -- there is an abundance of history and lot's of museums and sites if you are a cultural person. If not just take time exploring like us and sit in one of the many bars and watch the world go by.
As for Faliraki well walking around Rodos town you wouldn't even know it existed. It's reputation has impacted tourism and visitor numbers to the island are obviously down.
Rhodes has got so much to offer the visitor - we will be back again...
The View is amazing
This hotel is 4 star hotel by UK standards. It needs some fine tuning to bring it upto 5* and is not in the same league as its sister hotels in Cyprus having been to Paphos Amathus.
The bathrooms were somewhat scruffy and need re-tiling. Pool cleanliness left a lot to be desired and complained three times to management before anything was done about the dirty grime around the water level in the pool..yuck!
Drinks were very much over-priced, especially spirits and champagne - 200 Euros for a bottle of Dom Perignon! The hotel only stocked local greek wines aswell which wasn't to everyone's taste. The shop within the hotel very suprisingly sold bottles of spirits & soft drinks etc at a fraction of the price so much better to have a g&t on the balcony in your room than go to the bar!
Evening entertainment was dull - Elias & Stavros on their keyboard and flute! Yawn! No atmosphere in the hotel in the evenings and not really any good bars in walking distance of the hotel. Took a taxi into Rhodes Town one evening.....full of english football shirt wearing types trying to drink their body weight in alcohol and then start fights. Soon came back!
However, on the plus side, the restaurant service and food was excellent. The view over Ixia bay in the evening with the sun going down was fantastic. The rooms were spacious and clean and the hotel made an effort with extra touches such as fresh flowers, fruit and wine on arrival (no, we werent celebrating anything!) and frozen face flannels given out round the pool at lunchtime.
Pay the extra for the sea view, is definately worth it. For what we paid, it was excellent overall value but dont expect a 5* hotel.
Also, this part of the island is VERY windy so be prepared.